Sunderland cyclists pedalling for pounds

About 100 cyclists took part in the 17th annaul charirty bike ride, raising money for the SAFC Foundation and Brothers in Arms. Pictured arte some of the cyclists before they set off at The Chesters pub, Chester Road, Sunderland.
About 100 cyclists took part in the 17th annaul charirty bike ride, raising money for the SAFC Foundation and Brothers in Arms. Pictured arte some of the cyclists before they set off at The Chesters pub, Chester Road, Sunderland.
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MORE than 100 Wearsiders got on their bikes to raise money for charity.

The annual event saw determined cyclists ride the 55 miles from Nenthead in Cumbria, to The Saltgrass pub, in Hanover Place, Sunderland.

The ride, now in its 17th year, has so far raised £95,000 for a number of different charities, and organisers hoped this year’s event would help it break the £100,000 barrier.

This year, the two causes to benefit from the ride were the SAFC Foundation and city-based armed forces charity Brothers in Arms.

Dad-of-two David Hood has helped to organise the event each year since it began in 1995.

“I’m so pleased with the turnout,” said the 57-year-old, from The Leazes, Millfield. “I couldn’t believe how many people came along.

“We’ve always wanted to have 100 people doing it, and this is the first year we’ve managed to get so many people on board.

“It was a hard ride because it rained the whole time – everyone was soaking.

“At one point we stopped for something to eat but a lot of people kept going because they were desperate to get out of the rain.”

Among the riders was David’s 21-year-old son Jordan, who completed the ride on a BMX.

“People couldn’t believe it when he turned up with a BMX,” said David.

“No one thought he’d be able to do the whole ride on it.

“He’s about 6ft 4ins and he rode up on this tiny bike, but he managed to do it.

“He couldn’t walk the morning after though.”

David said the ride would not have been possible if it wasn’t for Wearside businesses donating food, friends and family members helping to prepare it, and the crew who followed the riders in a van, carried spare bikes and helped lost riders get back on track.

He said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped, without them, and all those who donate to the causes, we’d be nowhere.

“Hopefully we’ve reached our target and hit the £100,000 mark.”

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